I don't go to movies very often, but some advertising is so good I can't resist giving the product a try. That was what drew me over to Sawmill Theatres to see "Iron Man" the other day.
If you need an entertaining, dazzling escape, I recommend this movie. And if box office reports are any indication, a lot of people would agree with me. Robert Downey Jr.'s take on the Marvel Comics hero is a hoot.
The early scenes with Downey set the tone -- he is in the back seat of a Humvee with a military escort, wearing business attire in sharp contrast to their dusty fatigues, sipping scotch from a crystal glass.
Downey's character, Tony Stark, is seriously injured and kidnapped by a warlord who has a full line of the weapons Stark's company has produced. A doctor, also a hostage of the warlord, repairs Stark's wounds ingeniously -- using a homemade pacemaker powered by a car battery. The warlord orders Stark to make him the latest addition to the inventory, a missile called "Jericho" which not only tumbles walls but mountains.
Stark, assisted by the doctor, appears to comply, but instead of building a missile, he designs and builds a multi-functional suit of armor-combination-weapon-escape mechanism. The armor makes it possible for Stark to escape in fiery fashion, but the good doctor is collateral damage.
Once retrieved from his less-than-soft landing and returned to civilization Stark shocks the world and those closest too him by proclaiming his weapons company will use its technology for peace and the prosperity of all, moving off the path of destruction.
Stark retires from public life and turns his genius and assets to the creation of a more refined "Iron Man" suit. When it is perfected, he returns to the scene of his initial abduction and has his revenge, but runs afoul of the U.S. military and which nearly ends his heroic efforts as soon as they have started.
But the true evil in Stark's world is found closest to him in the form of his father figure and business partner Obadiah Stane, played with insanity-tinged glee by Jeff Bridges.
Terrence Howard is given high billing in the film, but is largely on the edges of the action, as is Gwyneth Paltrow.
If you get the chance to see this movie, I urge you to do so -- it really is a lot of fun.